"One of the most important features of this new home is the relatable and comfortable kitchen," explained kitchen designer, Megan Dent of Mingle Showroom in Plymouth, MN. "The kitchen is the hub of activity for this family of four and having a welcoming space where everyone feels "at home" was of top priority.”
The focal point of any room is that spot where you eye wants to naturally rest and take it all in. In a great room a fireplace would considered an obvious focal point.
What about a kitchen? How do you create a focal point in a kitchen? A focal point in the kitchen can be something as simple as a beautiful view out a window or a stunning backsplash.
I think most people can agree that efficient uses of space are a high priority in how their home is designed and how it functions. Who wouldn’t like an extra foot or two of traffic lane in their kitchen? Who wouldn’t like a staging area for all things coming and going from their home? I mention these two areas because they are high needs priorities for a majority of homeowners.
This well-loved Alaskan home has been in the family for generations but the kitchen felt dark, crowded and no-longer functional. The homeowner desperately wanted a bright, modern space with enough room to entertain. It was time for a remodel, so designer Fernanda Conrad of K&W Interiors was called in for a consultation.
One of the most basic features of cabinetry is what type of ‘overlay’ is has. When designing cabinetry, it will be one of the first things chosen- Full Overlay or Standard Overlay. Many homeowners are unaware of the difference between the two.
When designing a new kitchen, bath, media or mud room one of the first choices a homeowner makes is what species of wood, what style of cabinet and what finish. I’d like to talk about a cabinet style that is often overlooked: cabinets with aluminum and stainless steel doors. These are great accent doors to integrate into a larger design also using wood or another material.
The homeowner of this fabulous double kitchen renovation has a tremendous love for creating homemade BBQ sauces and exquisite dishes. He spends a lot of time in his kitchen and his creations are so elaborate that one kitchen just wasn’t enough.
“The details, that’s what the world is made of”- wise words from film director and producer, Wes Anderson. I could not agree more. Designer Charles Eames went a step further with ...
Up until today, all of my references were connected to “10 more days until…”, “it’s almost the kids’ winter vacation”, “T minus 3 days”. Now, with the holidays in the rearview mirror we turn our heads toward the vast expanse of 2017, that is, if we can see past the mess in the kitchen and all the seasonal décor you can’t take down quick enough.
Our surroundings affect our moods. Choosing colors that remind you of positive experiences can not only personalize your space but make it more comfortable. I’ve found as each season unfolds, nature inspires us. Winter is one of the most extravagant shows of nature in my book.
Pantone's Color of the Year is always announced in December and is a symbolic color selection, or snapshot, of "what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood or an attitude." Not only is it symbolic, but it is also a nod to color trends and influences and how those colors are embraced by mainstream consumers in home interiors, fashion, technology and gra
The new homeowners of this 17 year old kitchen loved the quality of the original Dura Supreme Cabinetry and how well it held up over the years, but they wanted a transitional and refined look. So they searched for a local Dura Supreme Cabinetry designer.
The term “industrial” evokes images of large factories with lots of machinery and moving parts. These cavernous, old brick buildings, built with steel and concrete are being rehabilitated into very desirable living spaces all over the country. Old manufacturing spaces have unique architectural elements that are often reclaimed and repurposed into what is now open residential living space.
One of the most common items on every homeowner’s wish list is more storage. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who wanted less storage. The challenge comes in finding more space to accommodate this. Many people cannot add square footage to their space due to physical or budgetary constraints, and so become stuck with what they have.
Is contemporary design more your style?
What do all the following things have in common?
Reading a book.
Watching a movie.
The owner of this home wanted to bring the urban feel of his city, San Francisco, into this 1920’s historic house. He went to Shelley Lober, CKD of Kitchens of Diablo for her expertise in West Coast kitchen design.
When we think about the functionality of the kitchens in our homes, we think about the most rushed or high-use times, and if there are configurations or processes that could be simplified to make our lives easier. Morning definitely qualifies as one of those times. Not only is it a busy time of the day, but people are generally less alert and less prepared to make lots of decisions.
The owners of this Detroit home were in the midst of converting their entire place from a traditional style to a contemporary one when they met with designer April Parker of KSI Kitchen & Bath (Macomb Twp, MI) to begin re-designing their kitchen.
With every interior design project we walk the fine line between creating the perfect house we see in a magazine and creating the perfect house for who actually lives there. In order to make a house a home, the environment should feel meaningful, convey a history and reflect the homeowner.
Remodeling your kitchen is not a small project. A lot of loose ends have to come together, to avoid unexpected costs or delays. I think the best way to prevent a mistake is to know what mistakes are most commonly made. Here are my top 5 design mistakes to watch for and avoid.
Are you a fan of electric or gas cooking or both? What if your preference is gas or induction burners and an electric or convection oven? Is the cooktop and wall oven combination your only option? Many appliance manufacturers offer a dual fuel range that combines the best of both. Gas or induction on top, electric and convection below.
We, as humans, are sensory beings. Since the dawn of mankind, our senses of touch and sight have contributed to our knowledge of the world around us, evoking emotions such as joy, fear, love and curiosity to name a few. As designers, we are charged with the task of bringing out the best of those emotions in the environments we create.
Remodeling a kitchen is a huge undertaking that involves many details, decisions, and careful thought. It helps to be aware of what to expect and to prepare for the unexpected before starting such a large, exciting endeavor.
Here are five things to consider that will go a long way towards a successful and survivable project:
Have you ever gone shopping for something, fell in love with two items, and had to make a choice? How do you decide? One item may be more practical, less costly, a better size or closer to the right color. What if many factors are similar, and the waters of comparison are muddy? Do you flip a coin? Perhaps looking to an intangible factor is in order…